Tamanohikari 94 Junmai Ginjo "Kushi"
The nose on this very food friendly sake is a great collection of cocoa, caramel, soy sauce, pudding, and almonds. Say hello to a very tasty Junmai Ginjo that celebrates all things Yakitori. Yup! The amazing flavors of all sorts of chicken parts grilled on a skewer. The name of this brew is “94”(read as "Nine Four") and that’s a play on words for the name “Kushi,” which is short for Kushiyaki or anything on a stick. Rich, round, smooth, and savory this sake has an incredible body that has creamy tones and a long umami tail. Look for hints of cocoa, maple syrup, peanut butter, nougat, dark chocolate, and burnt sugar. Does this mean it drinks sweet? Nope, not at all. It drinks more rich and velvety, which is great with the flavor of the chicken in sauce or with salt. We’ve been trained to pair light and dry sake with chicken, but this semi-sweets and savory sake dances like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Definitely pair this brew at different temperatures, because the brewery used AI to determine the perfect matches for this sake with salt, sauce, umami, at several different serving temperatures. WORD: Yakitori WINE: Pinot Noir/Fat Chardonnay BEER: Creamy Belgians FOODS: Come on you have to ask? (Think meats, fowl, game, and barbeque)